Managers show favouritism to staff with strong work ethic

19 Oct

It’s perhaps no surprise that managers have their favourites among their workforce, but their biases could be affected by the friendships they have with their staff.

That’s according to a survey of 1000 employers by HR consultancy, 31% of managers said they favoured certain members of their team because of their strong work ethic. Of those who show favouritism, 18% said it was because the staff member showed loyalty; 25% said they liked the person’s personality; and 11% because they appreciated the person’s sense of humour.

However, 61% said they have personal friendships with their staff, compared with just 27% who don’t.

Georgina Read, co-managing director of, said friendships at work, particularly in small businesses, can help make a happy, productive and focused workplace.

However, she warned: ‘Business owners and managers need to be careful not to show favouritism, as this can be detrimental to the morale of the team.”


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